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English as a Second Language

Parent Program

In accordance to the most recent 2017 data, the National Center for Education Statistics indicated that there are approximately 5 million English language learners (ELLs) in the US public schools. This represents 10.1 % of the US public school students. The majority of ELLs in the US are Spanish speaking and constitute 76 % of all ELL student enrollment.  Similar results can be found in The Washington Heights and Inwood community schools. 


Most ELL students and their families face serious challenges to becoming culturally and linguistically engaged, especially within the school system. Parents’ lack of English language proficiency is a barrier to their involvement in the educational process which in turn negatively impacts their children’s academic progress. Parent involvement is highly correlated with student success and parents’ expectation of their child’s academic attainment. Parents who can understand and communicate effectively in English are confident and able to actively participate in their children’s education and in any decision related to their education.


The CSFHC English as a Second Language {ESL} Parent Program addresses the need to support Spanish Speaking Parents in the development of their English language Skills and in their participation in the education of their children. A sequentially developed ESL Level 1 (Beginners) and II (Intermediate) instructional program is used to facilitate second language acquisition. All literacy components, listening, speaking, reading and writing are part of each activity. Given the economic and emotional toll new immigrants face each day, attention to parents’ personal challenges is incorporated into the ESL program.


  1. To create a safe and enjoyable environment that engages the Participant’s interest and motivates them to learn English and also get involved in their children’s education.

  2. To develop in Level 1 basic English communication skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing with emphasis on vocabulary development using real life topics.

  3. To develop in Level II (intermediate Level) more intense knowledge and use of verb tenses, vocabulary, sentence structures, and to use these skills when speaking, reading and writing.

  4. To support the social emotional health of the parents by providing 30 minutes of guided discussions about topics pertinent to their needs in order to provide information on              community support agencies.

CSFHC believes that parents helping their children with their homework are one of the most important commitments and source of support for students. When parents get involved in their children’s homework, especially in the early grades, it helps children cultivate a positive attitude toward learning and the importance of having an education. CSFHC creates workshops that prepares parents for this task. It’s a winning situation for the whole family.

Native Language Literacy Program

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